Thomas McKinless

Pet Birds, Group Houses and Babies: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of April 16, 2018

While the Senate made history this week by changing the rules to allow Sen. Tammy Duckworth’s newborn daughter to join her for votes, members of both chambers talked baby diapers, avian pets, affordable group housing and paid tribute to the late First Lady Barbara Bush and their beloved colleague Rep. Louise M. Slaughter....
Watch: Duckworth Brings Her Newborn Daughter to the Senate Floor for Vote
 

Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois cast a mid-afternoon vote in the chamber Thursday with her newborn daughter Maile Pearl Bowlsbey in tow. The Senate on Wednesday passed a resolution to change the rules and allow infants to be brought to the Senate floor. Duckwo...
There Won’t Be Clothing Requirements for Baby: Senate Changes Floor Rules, Allowing Infants
 

The Senate passed a resolution on Wednesday changing the Senate rules to allow mothers to bring infant children to the floor. The change came shortly after Sen. Tammy Duckworth on April 9 became the first sitting senator to give birth....
How Congress’ Schedule Is Supposed to Work
Roll Call Decoder with David Hawkings, wonky explainers from a Capitol Hill expert

The House gaveled out of session for the week on Wednesday after just two and a half days of work. While Capitol Hill sees some weeks that are more frenetic and productive than others, the chambers typically follow a more predictable schedule for their weeks. Senior editor David Hawkings explains....
‘Louise Was the Life of the Party’: Lawmakers Eulogize Louise M. Slaughter
 

Lawmakers joined members of Rep. Louise M. Slaughter’s family for a memorial service in Statuary Hall honoring the congresswoman who died on March 16, 2018. Hear some of the remarks, including those from: Reps. Paul Tonko, Rosa DeLauro and Doris Matsui, Speaker Paul D. Ryan, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi....
Watch: Corker Says Blackburn Likely Six Points Behind Democrat in Tennessee Senate Race
 

Retiring Tennessee GOP Sen. Bob Corker commented on the race to replace him, which is widely expected to be between Democratic former Gov. Phil Bredesen and GOP Rep. Marsha Blackburn. Corker described Bredesen as a “friend” and said he would not campaign against him at a Christian Science Monitor event in Washington on Wednesday.

McConnell Pays Tribute to Barbara Bush
 

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell paid tribute to former first lady Barbara Bush — who died Tuesday at 92 —on the Senate floor Wednesday morning.

What’s the Nuclear Option? Dismantling This Senate Jargon
 Roll Call Decoder with David Hawkings, wonky explainers from a Capitol Hill expert

President Donald Trump has repeatedly called for the Senate to drop a third nuclear bomb on the chamber’s procedure — completely eliminating the filibuster and allowing all legislation to pass with just a simple majority. Senate leaders have already gotten rid of the filibuster on executive and Supreme Court nominees, so why has the chamber avoided this final nuke on legislation? Senior editor David Hawkings explains....
As D.C. Celebrates Emancipation Day, Holmes Norton Pushes For Statehood
 

Kicking off a multi-day celebration of the 1862 abolition of slavery in Washington, D.C., Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton made a push for district statehood on the House floor late last week. On Monday, Emancipation Day, people gathered at the Lincoln statue near the Capitol Hill neighborhood to celebrate the signing of the bill that made emancipation possible for 3,100 D.C. slaves....
Chick-fil-A, Motown and the Testimony of ‘Mr. Zuckerman’: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of April 9, 2018 

Congress returned this week and members wasted no time questioning Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg — or Zuckerman as one lawmaker erred — reading stacks of textbooks on the Senate floor, and professing their love for Motown music. Here are many more moments from the week in Congress....
A Look Back at Paul Ryan’s Career in the House
 

Speaker Paul D. Ryan announced Wednesday morning he would not be running for re-election, citing his desire to spend more time with his family. Here’s a look back at Ryan’s two-decade career in the House.

McConnell to Discuss Clawing Back Spending With White House
 

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he would discuss a plan with the White House to withhold some funding included in the fiscal year 2018 spending bill, but noted the difficulties in advancing such a measure....
What to Expect, and Not Expect, From the House After Recess
 

Don’t expect a big infrastructure bill when the House returns to Washington after its two-week Easter and Passover break. But what you can expect, says House leadership reporter Lindsey McPherson, is a balanced budget amendment vote on the floor, which is unlikely to gain the two-thirds votes necessary for constitutional amendment....
Democrats Have At Least 20 House Takeover Opportunities in These 4 States
 

In several states with weak or no GOP candidates at the top of the ballot, low Republican turnout in this nonpresidential election year could spell success for Democrats trying to take back the House. More from Roll Call elections analyst Nathan L. Gonzales on the difficult midterm ahead of House Republicans....
‘Vote Them Out:’ Thousands March on Washington to Protest Inaction on Gun Violence
 

The student-led March for Our Lives protest took downtown Washington, D.C. by storm Saturday afternoon, with thousands of protesters gathering near the Capitol to demand increased gun control legislation....
Xerox Machines, Basketball Upsets and an Omnibus No One Read: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of March 19, 2018

The Senate passed an omnibus spending package in the early hours of Friday morning, hours after the House did the same. While the rushed process came with some grumbling, Sen. Bob Corker just wanted to know if these things could be done at a reasonable hour in the future. See the video for more from this week's Congressional Hits and Misses....
McConnell: Omnibus Not ‘Perfect’ But Contains Victories
 

The Senate leaders spoke on the floor Thursday morning about the omnibus spending package introduced Wednesday night and already passed by the House.